Education (Department of Catholic Schools)

Telephone: (213) 637-7300

More than 250 Catholic schools serve the counties of the Greater Los Angeles Region. The tradition of Catholic education in the United States can be traced back to the 1600s. The Church in Los Angeles opened its first schools in the 1850s. Catholic schools equip students to follow in the footsteps of the saints and take the redeeming message of the Gospel into the world – in every profession, every household, every neighborhood and across social classes.

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Our Staff

Paul Escala

Superintendent/Senior Director of Catholic Schools


(213) 637-7300

Tony Galla

Deputy Superintendent of Elementary Schools

Dan O’Connell

Deputy Superintendent of High Schools

Gina M. Aguilar

ES Director, Academic Excellence

Christina Arellano

Assistant Superintendent

Katrina Blanchard

SEVIS (Int’l Students) Coordinator

Bernadette Bullock

Administrative Secretary

Davalos Yadira

Administrative Secretary

Leslie De Leonardis

STEM Network Specialist (TK -12th grade)

Thomas Gasper

HS, Assistant Superintendent

Zabryna Gonzalez

Admin Assist:Dual Lang Immers

Sean Griffin

HS, Director of Academic Excellence

Scott Higdon

Coordinator, Marketing and Enrollment Management

Kristopher Knowles

Asst Superint: Elementary; Stewardship

Ronaldo Meneses

High School Finance Director

Terry Miller

Assistant Superintendent HR Liaison

Sharon J. Morano

HS, Assistant Superintendent

Jill Napier

Assist Superint:Elementary; Stewardship

Nancy Portillo

Assistant Superintendent of HS Academic Excellence & FSP

Myriam R. Quintanilla

Dual Language Immersion Program

Naomi Rangel

Administrative Secretary

Ivania Rivera

Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

Marco Roman

Asst Superv of Relig Instruct: High Schls

Rachel Rufus

Assoc Dir of Academic Excellence

Margaret Samaniego

Program Director, Onward Leaders

Isabel Sandoval-Candelaria

Executive Secretary

Michael Santa Maria

Assistant Superintendent: Elementary

Anna-Marie Silva

Asst Superint:Elementary; Excellence

Jennifer Taylor

Administrative Secretary

Maria Teresa Villarreal

Assistant Superintendent: Elementary

Mary Vizcaino

Office Mngr/Exec Assist to Superintend